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Diesel Gala and Beer Festival 2017

Date: 5th - 7th May

The Diesel  Gala will see an impressive line up of diesel locomotives operating on the Swanage Railway. 

Including our resident locomotives, the loco line up (subject to availability) will be:

Class 20 - 20059 (D8059); courtesy of Somerset & Dorset Locomotive Company Ltd
Class 20 - 20188 (D8188); courtesy of Somerset & Dorset Locomotive Company Ltd
Class 33 - 33012 (D6515)
Class 33 - 33111
Class 45 - 45041 'The Royal Tank Regiment'; courtesy of the Peak Locomotive Company Ltd
Class 47 - 47192 (D1842); courtesy of the Crewe Heritage Trust

In addition, we are pleased to announce (subject to availability) courtesy of GB Railfreight:
Class 73 - Two Locomotives - numbers to be advised.


Attractions include:

Driver Experiences:
For those wanting the ultimate experience, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May, we are offering the opportunity to drive one of our the resident Class 33s from Norden to the Network Rail boundary near Worgret Junction. The number of footplate experiences are strictly limited and are available for £120. Please note that participants must be over the age of 18. Bookings open shortly.

Dorset Beer Festival and Evening Services:
The ever popular Dorset Beer Festival will return to Corfe Castle station, where the railway's own ‘Old Pusher’ ale will be on sale. Other attractions include the museum at Corfe Castle, and trade stands at Swanage.

On the Friday and Saturday evening a ‘Beerex' train and a the Wessex Belle's Bistro dining train will also be operating. Advance booking for the Bistro is essential. Bookings open shortly. Traction for the evening services will be advertised soon.

Trade and Enthusiast Stands at Corfe Castle and Swanage Stations.

The award winning Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum (next to Norden station), goods shed museum, exhibition and cinema coach at Corfe Castle station.

The station buffets at Norden and Swanage with canopy and picnic area.

The souvenir shop at Swanage with a wide range of gifts and souvenirs.

Special Fares apply for this 3 Day Event

2017 Diesel Gala Fares Advance* On the Day
1 Day Adult Rover £20.00 £25.00
1 Day Child Rover £15.00 £18.00
2 Day Adult Rover £30.00 £38.00
2 Day Child Rover £25.00 £28.00
3 Day Adult Rover £40.00 £46.00
3 Day Child Rover £32.00 £36.00
2017 Evening Rovers (valid from 1800)
On the Day Adult £5.00 Child (5-15) £3.50

*Advance Fares available until 1st May 2017.